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Xanadu Update, 2/9/18

Xanadu 2018

Xanadu Sign Up Parties & All Weather Blankets

There’s still time to sign up for the fabulous Sign Up Parties we offered at Xanadu. If you would like to sign up, please send your check made payable to Saint Louis Priory School to the Advancement Office, 500 South Mason Road, St. Louis, Mo., 63141.  Please email Mary Rhodes ( with any questions.



Junior School Trivia Night
Friday, March 2, 2018, 5-7 p.m.
Boys' Dining Hall
If your son loves trivia or just having fun with his friends, then this party is for him! Sign your son up to join his friends in Forms I and II for an exciting night of fun questions, good eats, and prizes. Your son won't want to miss out on this popular party.


High School Student Premier Poker Tournament
Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:30-10 p.m.
Come flex your poker-playing skills at the Premier Priory Poker Tournament for high school students at the home of Priory parents Theresa and Brett Johnson (Andrew '19, Thomas '21). The evening will include food, soft drinks and desserts as well as a fun poker tournament with prizes for the top three finishers as well as take-home goodie bags for all in attendance. Please note — no cash will be exchanged or used during the evening. Each player will receive the same amount of chips at the start of the night, and play will continue until we have our top three players. For those who are eliminated, there will be a video-gamer section available.

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"Film to Table" Dinner & A Movie Sign Up Party
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 7 p.m.
Boys' Dining Hall
Prepare yourself for full-contact feasting as you experience interactive dining that combines food and film. You will be surrounded by sound, smell, sight and entertainment in unrestrained gastronomic revelry. Priory's "executive chef" Kurt Sliefert, Dzevada Grbic, Carrie Lane and Father Aidan will prepare and serve a convivial five-course, Chicago-themed dinner while you enjoy one of their favorite movies, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Chef Kurt has prepared a blockbuster menu specific to the movie which includes Chicago Style Pizza, Beef Tenderloin, Garrett's Chicago Blend Popcorn, a specialty cocktail, wine, beer and much, much more. Their integration of food and film promises to produce a feast for the senses which brings together chefs and diners.

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Junior School Parents' Cocktail Party
Saturday, May 5, 2018, 7 p.m.
Colleen and David Wasinger (Alexander '20, Andrew '22) invite all Junior School parents to join them for a Cinco de Mayo celebration at their home. Special guests include Father Maximilian '00 and Carrie & Phil Lane. The party promises to be a great evening of fun, conversation, cocktails and tasty Mexican fare.


Class of 2018 Christmas Holiday Reunion Party
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, 7- 10 p.m.
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to get together with fellow classmates and their parents over the Christmas holiday to enjoy dinner, reminisce, and share tales of college life. Class of 2018 alums and their parents are welcome! Make sure you take advantage of this fun evening at the beautiful home of Sharon and Matt Spellman (Matthew '18).

We also have Priory Crest All-Weather Blankets available in the Advancement Office, located on the second floor of Switzer House.


Priory Crest All-Weather Blanket
$50 each
This 50" x 60" all-weather blanket is perfect in any season. Its water-resistant exterior can be used as a ground cover to keep you dry or to protect from the wind. The reverse side is fleece to keep you warm or provide a soft seating area. The screen-printed large center Priory Crest is complemented by a smaller embroidered Crest on the roll-up flap. Easily rolls up and secures with Velcro for transportation. Inventory is limited, so get yours today!

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4


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